Specializing in EB-5 Visas
for permanent U.S. residency for foreign investors
EB-1 Extraordinary Ability green cards are intended to offer persons who have achieved superlative recognition in their fields the opportunity to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the United States. The EB-1 green card has 3 sub-categories: (1) Extraordinary Ability Persons; (2) Outstanding Professors and Researchers, and (3) Multinational Managers and Executives.
All EB-1 green cards are exempt from having to apply for a Permanent Labor Certification before the U.S. Department of Labor. This alleviates the documentary requirements and accelerates the EB-1 process compared to other green card processes such as the EB-2 or EB-3 green card categories.
This category is sometimes known as the “nobel prize” visa. It is intended to offer a path to lawful permanent residence to persons who have achieved national or international acclaim for excellence in their field. There are no restrictions on which field that achievement was attained. An applicant must meet 3 out of the 10 listed criteria below to prove extraordinary ability in the field:
EB1 green card has a special category for Outstanding Researchers or Professors. The visa application requires evidence that the foreign worker has outstanding ability, and should also include a permanent job offer letter, as well as evidence of three years teaching or research experience.
The visa petition must include documents proving at least 2 of the 6 requirements set out below, and also include a job offer from a U.S. employer:
(3) Multinational Manager or Executive category
The EB-1 also includes a sub-category of green cards for Managers and Executives of Multinational Companies. This green card category is intended to make it easier for multinational companies to transfer high-ranking foreign executives and managers to the U.S. To establish that the U.S. employer is a multinational company, the visa petition must include information that proves the following:
Executive duties usually require that the employee engage in policy-making for a company, and have a role in determining the goals and strategy of a company. Managerial functions include management of professionals or other managers, or management of an essential function of the organization.
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